FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – July marks the start of Disability Pride Month, designed to recognize the achievements of the disability community during the same month when the historic Americans with Disabilities Act was passed. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is proud to join people with disabilities in celebrating their achievements, and we recognize the work they have done to combat mistruths and othering in their communities. As we celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act this month, we remain committed to supporting diverse Democratic pro-choice women across the country, up and down the ballot, who will work to create a world in which everyone is represented and has access to the care they need.”
“It is true that people with disabilities face greater barriers to accessing reproductive health care, especially abortion, and experience further marginalization and discrimination while seeking that care. We know that bodily autonomy is a cornerstone of both the disability rights and reproductive rights movements, and we are determined today and every day to fight for that autonomy so that all Americans can determine the course of their lives, their families, and their future.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.